Limited hip and pelvis movement due to Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) increases the likelihood of developing iliotibial band syndrome, back pain, hip joint pain and hamstring strains. The pelvis is supposed to move gently – up, down, forward and back – to aid the swinging action of the legs while running (or walking).

When the center of the body is tense the action of walking or running will come solely from the hip joints, which puts tremendous strain on the joints and can create overuse injuries of the hips and hamstrings.

You will run with your hip joints instead of allowing the movement, free and fluid, to come from the whole body.

You can eliminate your SMA by learning Essential Somatic Movements on your own by taking our FREE course. You can also seek out the help of a skilled Clinical Somatic Educator by checking out our Practitioner Directory to find someone near you.

Once you have done this, there are several different somatic methods of running that can improve your gait and make your running more efficient. Two of these methods are Pose Method® and ChiRunning®.